So many in the community were instrumental in bringing these free games to students throughout the county. Pictured here are (l to r): Cindy Crim, LVHS; Mary Keffer, LVHS; Liam McGranaghan, LVHS Environmental Explorations Teacher; Dave Stegmaier, Director of Community Outreach for Congresswoman Comstock; Nathan Smith, NatGen Board Member, Cadmus; Karen Jimmerson, Purcellville Town Council Member; Amie Ware, The Nature Generation, Teach Green Program Director; Craig Cheney, The Nature Generation Board Member, CSRA; Kenny Jenkins, Luck Stone; Mark Williams, Luck Stone; Justin Kent, The Nature Generation Board Member, CSRA. Contributed photo.
At a time when the nation needs to inspire our next generation of environmental stewards more than ever, nonprofit The Nature Generation announced the launch of EnviroPlay, a series of online games about the environment, at Loudoun Valley High School last Friday, Feb. 26.
The games engage and challenge K-12 students with questions about water, energy, geology, and other environmental topics, while inspiring them to think about the role they play in the delicate balance of nature.
Teachers, students, eco-clubs, and community organizations are invited to play EnviroPlay at NatGen.org/environmentalgames.
The easy-to-use, interactive, games encourage group participation, and inject a sense of play into the classroom that makes learning about the environment fun. The games support Virginia's Standards of Learning for Science and teaches students about actions they can take to maintain a healthy planet.
Students at Loudoun Valley High School were the first to play the new EnviroPlay, which was delivered by Mark Williams, Environmental Manager, and Kenny Jenkins Foreman Trainee, from Luck Stone along with The Nature Generation Board Members Craig Cheney, Nathan Smith and Justin Kent.
Loudoun Valley High School has been involved in demonstrating and testing versions of the games for several years, in addition to the beta testing support provided by students and teachers at Guilford Elementary and Meadowland Elementary in 2015.
Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser, Purcellville Town Council member Karen Jimmerson, Loudoun Valley High School Principal Sue Ross, and Dave Stegmaier, Director of Community Outreach for Congresswoman Comstock, joined the students for the launch.
High school students Rachel Carlson, Chad Drake and Erik Ast play the new EnviroPlay game from The Nature Generation. Contributed photo.